What are MDCE Bonus Sessions?

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Mike Davin, Senior Editor
September 25, 2012

I've been communicating lately with some of the presenters who are offering bonus sessions at this year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. If you've been to the event before, you've probably attended one of these sessions, but if not, the concept of a bonus session might seem a little strange to... Read more »

Procrastinators (like me): Time to sign up for MDCE

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Mike Davin, Senior Editor
September 7, 2012

If you're anything like me, you've probably been guiltily ignoring the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo registration reminders that have been hitting your inbox in recent weeks, telling yourself you'll look into signing up when things settle down a little bit. Of course, we're deluding ourselves most... Read more »

Battle over invasive species control heats up in Minnesota

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Mike Davin, Senior Editor
August 10, 2012

Preventing the spread of invasive species is a national issue, but an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune this morning looks at the controversial access controls proposed by one group in Minnesota. The $8 million plan would require every public boat access in the metro area to have electronic gates... Read more »

MDCE releases 2012 lineup

Mike Davin, Senior Editor
May 23, 2012

The Marine Dealer Conference and Expo has released its 2012 lineup via this year's event brochure, and everyone here at Boating Industry is pretty excited about the sessions that will be available. A big consideration this year was ensuring that MDCE remains vital for people who attend each year, so... Read more »

Taking the Top 100 online

Mike Davin, Senior Editor
May 11, 2012

This year we have moved our Top 100 Dealers application entirely online, a change we hope makes life easier for you … and, frankly, us. Let me give you an example of one way the new system will benefit our team and, in turn, benefit you. One of the great things about the Top 100 is that it allows us... Read more »

Technology not enough without a process

Mike Davin, Senior Editor
April 18, 2012

The auto industry deals with volume on a scale that industries like marine and powersports can't match, and because of that, it's usually a few years ahead when it comes to getting the latest dealership technology. My local car dealership is no exception. For instance, it features an online scheduling... Read more »

All the Best Ideas in one place

Mike Davin, Senior Editor
March 16, 2012

At last year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, I hosted our annual "Best Ideas Panel," which featured great profit-building ideas from our dealer panelists. Of course, when we solicited ideas for the panel, we received many more than four great ideas — and of course we aren't in the business of... Read more »

Boating Industry adds digital editions

Mike Davin, Senior Editor
February 24, 2012

If you're like me, you like to hold on to old magazines, but at a certain point they pile up to the point where you have to pull out the recycling bin. Usually, it's shortly after that when I start telling a friend about a story I can no longer share, or realize I need to reference an article that's... Read more »

A primer for MDCE newbies

Mike Davin, Senior Editor
January 20, 2012

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo recently announced its dates and locations for next year. If you missed the news, it will be held November 11-14 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel and Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Those of you who attended the event in 2010 will remember that this is the... Read more »

Boating Industry launches new website

October 11, 2011

This month, Boating Industry unveiled a completely new logo, tagline and magazine design. Yesterday we followed that up with another big update: our completely overhauled website. We think we've put together a much cleaner, more modern look that fits in with the new style of our print product. We also... Read more »

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